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During walkabout last night, I noticed this example of the different ways spruce and pine are affected by the ice. The tree on the left is a spruce, with short, thick single needles; the one on the right is a white pine, with long thin needles in groups of 5. We saw in an earlier picture how the white pine needles built up collective chunks of ice in fans. The net effect is that the pine is carrying a significantly higher ice load than the spruce. This may in part explain why the spruce has a more northerly range.

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niccolino59

Wow - what beautiful trees.

lidaperfetto

Very pretty! I can almost smell the fresh, crisp air... oh wait, we have that here too. Hope the ice storm missed you. We had some icing, but never lost power. Ice storms seem to pass around our area, knock on wood......

warbler

I think they are both wishing they were somewhere else! White pines are even starting to naturalize here in Va.

roerick3

That is why you find lots of pine in the south of the U.S. and lots of different types of spruce in the northern cold weather states of the U.S. Good observation, Dondi.

fodus

Neat observance.

smllpkg101

Very pretty! I enjoy your observations and explanations. Thank you.

florrie

The spruce does seem to be bearing up better under the weight.
Aside from the scientific interest, this is a lovely photographic image ;-))

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